What they hate admitting now....is that a number of the breath test machines that they had....had been adjusted, by the cops.
So there is message going out to drivers that the city had convicted. You can imagine this massive lawsuit coming out of this deal. It's believed that the reading off these adjusted machines...were twenty percent higher than what it should have been.
My guess is that the typical guy will demand over $100k (figure $20k goes to his attorney and taxes eat up $25k)....so he walks home with $55k for a fraudulent DWI conviction. Some folks might have good reputations....and can afford to run off to court....and maybe collect $1 million.
The city? They have to be a bit upset and wondering what idiot adjusted the machines. And then they have to wonder how they will pay for this episode. The answer? Higher fees on drunk driving.....that's my guess.